UPDATE ON MY EKG RESULTS
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|Tue, 08-31-2004 - 2:46pm|
After examining the pictures, the ultrasound, and the EKG, the Dr. said that my ultrasound was normal along with my heart. However, the *sac* that surrounds the heart was extremely inflammed (sac is brightly highlighted on my pictures but the brightness could be due to the advanced technology). He explained that the sac gets inflamed when, for example, there is so kind of viral infection such as the flu or the common cold or something. Sometimes, there is no explanation for the inflammation. He then asked me if I am getting over a cold or the flu and I said no. It should be noted that I had a minor gynocological infection in late April or early May but that has since been cured.
In any event, because my sac is inflammed, this creates fluid around my heart, which usually goes away on its own without medication or surgery. This fluid also causes palpitations as well as slight discomfort in the chest area, including gas.
He put me on the 24 hours heart monitor and I must come back next week for the results of the heart monitor. At that time, the Dr. can conclude with certainty whether the inflammation and fluid is causing the palpitations. If so, the Dr. stated that he will give me a minor diuretic to dispose of the fluid, if necessary.